Eating Healthy in Columbia, SC

Columbia, South Carolina, is widely celebrated for its vibrant food culture and boasts an abundance of restaurants that prioritize health-conscious dining, using organic and locally sourced produce as ingredients and offering mouthwatering farm-to-table options allowing patrons to indulge in flavorful and nutritious meals while supporting sustainable culinary practices. It’s a win-win for the health conscious!

Good Life Café

1614 Main Street
Columbia, South Carolina 29201

Menu items include Cauliflower Bites (cauliflower tossed in teriyaki, lemon pepper or buffalo sauce, with celery and garlic ranch dressing); Vegetable Pesto Pasta (gluten-free fettuccine, fresh pesto, mixed vegetables, parmesan cheese, served with a side salad); Good Life Salad (vegetable medley, local microgreens, croutons, mixed greens, roasted garlic ranch dressing); Harmony Bowl (fresh kale, quinoa, black beans, sweet potatoes, parmesan cheese, tahini); and much more.

Hampton Street Vineyard

1207 Hampton Street
Columbia, South Carolina 29201

This French farm-to-table restaurant just might be one of your new favorites. Look for menu items like Leek and Potato soup (crispy leeks, white truffle oil); Ratatouille (eggplant, red pepper, zucchini, squash, tomato, basil); Duck Aux Cerise (Romanesco, carrot puree, cherry-port gastrique); and Coq Au Vin (wine braised chicken, pearl onions, carrot, mushroom, pancetta, turnip).


709 Gervais Street
Columbia, South Carolina 29201

Their seasonal all-day menu was developed around the produce grown by small, independent farmers throughout the Midlands and offers a selection of sandwiches, salads, and vegetables. A variety of breakfast dishes are also available all day. Try the smallSUGAR Breakfast (soft-boiled egg, green tehina, ricotta, herb salad, avocado, seasonal vegetables, fresh whole-wheat flatbread); Salad-for-Breakfast (greens, seasonal fruit, feta, toasted oats, soft-boiled egg, bagel crisps, citrus-tahini vinaigrette); or the Roasted Sweet Potato Bowl (roasted red onion, creme fraiché, chopped greens, sunflower seeds, herbs, ginger-soy vinaigrette).

The Local Buzz

631 B Harden Street
Columbia, South Carolina 29205

This 15-seat café offers comfortable dining and lounging, music, books, and board games. They also share a spacious upstairs open-air patio with neighboring businesses for additional seating. The Local Buzz is well known for special orders of vegan, egg-free, dairy-free, gluten-free, keto, and paleo cupcakes, cookies, and whole cakes. To order vegan, dairy-free, ​egg-free, gluten-free, paleo, or keto special pastry orders, please contact Ms. Stephie at 803-602-5166 or email

Halls Chophouse

1221 Main Street
Columbia, South Carolina 29201

Open for lunch, dinner, and Sunday brunch, their menu features items such as She-Crab Soup (sherry foam, chives); Lobster Omelet (Maine lobster meat, Gruyere cheese, bell peppers, Bernaise sauce, fries or pepper jack grits); Sauteed Lemon Chicken (tomato, burrata cheese, Parmesan, mashed potatoes); Rack of Lamb (carved, full rack, rosemary-roasted fingerling potatoes); and Manchester Farms Quail (pepper jack grits, sweet and sour collard greens, roasted gravy), among many other delicious dishes.

To find more outstanding restaurants in the Columbia, South Carolina area, or wherever you may be, check out The Templeton List.

Eating Healthy in Columbia, SC

About The Templeton List

Created by James Templeton, a 30+ year Stage 4 Melanoma cancer survivor, the Templeton List and restaurant guide is part of his lifelong dream to give back and lend a helping hand to cancer survivors and to anyone desiring to increase or maintain their good health. James experienced first-hand the challenge of finding quality restaurants and food sources when traveling.

The successful CEO of Uni-Key Health Systems and founder of the Templeton Wellness Foundation, James developed The Templeton List to help anyone easily find trust-worthy, vetted healthy restaurants all across America. Read more about our 5 Star Rating System here!

You can read about James’ personal journey as a cancer survivor in his best-selling book, I Used To Have Cancer. For more information about The Templeton Wellness Foundation, visit You’ll find inspiring stories of other cancer survivors along with video interviews with top experts from around the world in the integrative and functional medicine arena as they bring the latest leading-edge health and healing information to the holistic treatment and prevention of cancer.